Instead of standing and watch while doing nothing, a man with a heroic heart decided to take action, after taking notice of a woman in distress – she was left with so little money that she could not even afford cup noodles!
Mohd Ashraff Khan had made a pitstop at the BHP petrol station in Mutiara Damansara, to refuel his motorcycle when he noticed a lady in the minimart behaving in a peculiar manner.
“The lady was walking back and forth restlessly in the store, looking at bread and snacks. She took a cup of instant noodles but put it back on the shelf in the end,” Ashraff recalled. From afar, he later saw the lady going to the counter and paid for a small mineral water with an RM5 note.
However, the sight of the lady and a cup of instant noodles somehow bothered Ashraff, something told him that there is more to this than it seemed. According to station attendants, the lady would come by the petrol station every now and then just to buy mineral water. Before Ashraff could get hold of the lady, however, she had already left the place. Driven by his curiosity, he decided to search for her, which he eventually did.
“I saw you holding a Maggi Cup earlier in BHP. Why did you put it back? Have you eaten?” He asked the lady, who replied telling him that she placed the instant noodle back as it was too expensive – she only had RM5 left before payday comes.
Her reply struck a chord with Ashraff, who decided he will not stand by and watch. Without thinking twice, he asked if the lady would head to the petrol station again so that he could get her something to which she agreed. Back at the station, Ashraff offered to pay for anything she wanted, but the only thing the lady only took a cup noodle, a bottle of orange juice and two waffle-bread – she said that’s enough for today.
Ashraff also learned that the lady – Azizah, had originated from Langkawi, and was married with two children. She said she used to live in Penchala together with her husband, but he left her receiving the proceeds from the sale of his ancestral land. She now rents a room costing RM150 in Kota Damansara, sharing it with Indonesians. She only makes a measly RM700 sweeping the streets near Mutiara Damansara.
According to a story published by SAYS, Ashraff later also provided additional help through his NGO, Empire Project. He met with Azizah again the next day, to hand over some necessities and kitchen supplies that would last her for the next three months.
He is also working with the authorities to get Azizah some form of monthly aid that will hopefully ease her financial burdens.
“This is the reality of life and these people exist among us in Malaysia. We should care more for the people around us,” Ashraff said.